BEIJING, CHINA — Agricultural technology company Origin Agritech has established a new wholly owned subsidiary on Hainan Island, China, to increase nutritionally enhanced corn production, the company announced March 7. 

The new subsidiary will focus on nutritionally enhanced corn research, seed production and feed corn production by taking advantage of the three corn growing seasons per year in Hainan province. A contract for growing 3,333 hectares of feed corn has been initiated for the 2022 growing season, and significant growth is expected for next growing season.

Beijing-based Origin Agritech’s nutritionally enhanced corn reduces the need for more expensive additives such as soybean meal for feedstock companies. Origin Agritech is currently in discussion with several feedstock companies for large orders as well as for partnerships, such as the previously announced collaboration with BaoDao Feed Ltd. 

“I am very proud of our scientists for having bred a corn variety that is having such a positive impact for feedstock companies and for the entire food supply chain,” said Dr. Gengchen Han, chairman of Origin Agritech. “With our leading position in GMO and gene editing technology, we expect to market more nutrition enhanced corn hybrids in the near future and thus help to increase China’s domestic food production.”